Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World

This dazzling exhibition brings to life the most celebrated trade route in history, named for the treasured fabric that attracted traders from all over the world.

The Silk Road stretched from the far reaches of China through the cities and empires of Central Asia and the Middle East.

Immersive re-creations of ancient settings transport visitors to four ancient cities, and feature life-size models, artifacts, and hands-on activities to tell the story of the route's extraordinary golden age and its influence on the world in the following centuries.



“Succeeds with compelling vividness” —The New York Times

“Definitely take some time to visit this exhibit” —

“Enchanting” —Nature


Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the ArtScience Museum, Singapore; Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, Roma, Italy and Codice. Idee per la cultura srl, Torino, Italy; the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia and Art Exhibitions Australia; and the National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan and United Daily News, Taipei, Taiwan.

Exhibition Information

Venue Gallery Size:

7,000 – 8,000 ft2

(650 – 750 m2)


Venue Ceiling Height:

12 ft recommended

(3.6 m)


Conservation & Security Requirements:



Standard Rental Length:

16 weeks

Cover of the exhibition brochure for the show Traveling the Silk Road showing views of the gallery.

Exhibition Brochure


Educator’s Guide